Know Your Hair Type

Know Your Hair Type


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Read about all the hair types below.


Kinky hair types (type 4 hair)

4a hair type4a hair has a defined curl pattern almost like a “s” shape. Generally speaking it retains moisture fairly well, but as with most curly hair types can still be prone to dryness. Being that this hair type has a naturally defined curl pattern wash n’ go styles may be a great option as it can be easily achieved with the right product and technique. Gentle sulfate free shampoos, conditioners and rich creamy products or butters will be helpful for keeping hair moisturized.


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4b hair type4b hair has a “z” shape pattern and has a more fluffy cottony appearance. Due to the bends and curves in the hair strand it is highly susceptible to dryness and breakage. This hair type shrinks up to 70% so without stretching out the hair it will appear shorter than it actually is. Naturals with this hair type will benefit from protective (buns, twists, braids)  and low manipulation styles (roller sets, ponytail puffs, twist outs) to protect the hair from damage. A lot of moisture, gentle cleansers and frequent deep conditioning will be helpful for naturals with 4b hair.

 
 
 
 

4c hair type4c hair looks similar to 4b hair type only it is more tightly coiled. In its raw state (no products added and freshly washed) it does not have a defined curl pattern. Coils have to be defined by either twisting, braiding, or shingling through the strands. Many 4c naturals have shrinkage up to 70% or more. So while your hair may be 10 inches long it may appear like you only have 3 inches of hair if you do not stretch your hair out. It is the most fragile hair type, so if you desire to grow your hair long protective styles like twists, braids, or buns should be your go to style choice. These styles do not require daily manipulation (combing/brushing) giving hair less chances to break off.  You can then wear your hair out for a couple of days in a low manipulation style (puffs, roller sets, twist outs) and then repeat the cycle for a balanced routine.

Curly hair types (type 3 hair)

3a hair type3a hair has well defined loopy curls. It may be prone to frizz, so it is best to use light products that will give you a nice hold. To avoid dryness for daily cleansing of the hair try cleansing your hair with conditioner only.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3b hair type3b hair curls are well defined with less space between each bend and curve than 3a hair. The texture may be coarse and dense. To prevent buildup use light products and use cleansers that are sulfate free and silicone free.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3c hair type3c hair as a defined corkscrew shape and has the smallest space between the bends in the hair strand of all the type 3 hair types. Avoid heat use when possible by instead using stretching techniques: braids, twists or bunning your hair. Cleanse and deep condition once per week and moisturize often with light botanical gels free from harsh ingredients.

 
 
 
 

More than one hair type?

Curly-Hair-Type-ChartIt’s quite common for us to have more than one texture in our hair. Your edges may be 4b while the majority of your hair is 4a type. Or you may have 4a hair with some 3c strands for example. Remember no two heads of hair are alike. Hair type systems are good for learning about your hair or what could potentially be best for it, but they are by no means an absolute standard. Use it as guidance and always go by what you know works best for your hair.

Next we are going to talk about porosity. Knowing this will help you to understand how to keep your hair moisturized.

What’s In the Guide

#1 Why to Go Natural
#2 What You Should Know About Natural Hair
#3 How to go from Relaxed to Natural Hair
#4 Know Your Hair Type
#5 What’s Your Hair Porosity Type
#6 What Products Do I Need?
#7 How to Create a Natural Hair Regimen
#8 Natural Hair FAQ

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257 Responses to Know Your Hair Type

  • I need help ryt nw.my hair is extremely dry nd breaking nd I don’t know what to do. At first I use to perm but now the perm is still on it ba the root of my hair is soo grown that I can’t comb it

  • Hi my daughter has type 3c hair, it tangles alot till she hates being combed, what type of condition and hair oil should i use on her to reduce tangle and make it a little bit straight rather than curly.

    • Hi, you might want to have a look at this Youtube video (the mother is a natural hair expert and in here she talks briefly about how she take care of her son’s hair…he also has 3c hair). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV-WfM3kieQ
      Tittle of the video: Momma & Son (Micah) Hair Tutorial VLOG! – (Full DEMO/Talk Thru, Chill, & Chat) – Kids Natural Hair.

    • Try argan oil it helps with knots and it also gives hair a sleek shine and for a condition I recommend Pantene

  • I really need help figuring out my daughter’s hair type. It’s very confusing! lol When it is very short, it tends to coil and wave and looks 3c/4a ish. As it grows out, it gets straighter. Think of an afro with coarse texture but no coils/curls/waves. Very soft and easy to comb, but tends to be coarse and dry. My own hair is a mix of 3c/4a/4b that has coils and curls and tends to be dry or frizzy, but once I wet it or add products it coils right up. Her hair is nothing close. Not even water or products will cause her hair to coil/curl up, but she has no problems with tangles or frizz, only dryness. Her hair is not chemically treated nor do we use heat to style so there is no damage of that sort. Help! lol

  • what type of hair should dandruff shampoo usde on

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